The Graduate College requires candidates for the M.S. degree to complete all requirements for the degree within five calendar years after first registration in the Graduate College. However, the Department expects that most full-time candidates for the M.S. degree will be able to complete all the requirements in three to four semesters.
Ninety-six hours of credit and a Ph.D. thesis are required. At least 64 hours must be earned in residence. In addition, the student must take the Departmental Ph.D. Qualifying Examination and be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy, and must pass the Preliminary and Final Examinations for the Ph.D. degree.
The 96 hours of credit is divided into three stages, consisting of 32 hours generally represented by an M.S. degree or equivalent, 24 hours of coursework beyond the M.S. degree, and 40 hours of thesis work for the doctoral thesis. Up to 8 hours of the doctoral thesis work may be substituted by coursework.